The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and The Weisiger Cup bring together Converse College’s priorities of academic excellence, student leadership and service, and competitive intercollegiate athletics in recognizing outstanding student-athletes. The two awards were created through a generous endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. Weisiger (Agnes Binder Class of 1963).
The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award provides scholarships for outstanding students majoring in the sciences. Recipients must excel in academics, be expressly interested in the study of science, and be dedicated to playing an NCAA Division II sport. Two new recipients are chosen from the incoming class each year, for a total of up to eight scholarship recipients across the student body annually.
The Weisiger Cup honors one graduating senior each year. The recipient must have an exceptional record of leadership and community building skills as an athlete, in the classroom and across campus. Her name is added to a sterling silver Weisiger Cup trophy that is permanently housed in the Weisiger Center, and she receives her own smaller engraved version as a keepsake.
2008 - Ashton Lesiak - Soccer
2009 - Elizabeth High - Cross Country; Jennifer Russell - Swimming
2010 - Jessica Pope - Swimming, Kandace Griffin - Volleyball
2011 - Nichole Tackett - Soccer; Meghan Calvaruso - Swimming
2012 - Summer Gaib - Cross Country; Maureen Collins - Volleyball
2013 - Rebekah Muir - Golf; Ashley Biggs - Cross Country
2014 - Brittni Jones - Lacrosse; Isabella Cassens - Soccer
2015 - Paige Johnson - Basketball; Claudia Coffin - Soccer
2016 - Taylor Cruse - Basketball; Kaybriana Spalding - Softball
2017 - Lizzie Gilbert - Equestrian; Moriah Gomez - Softball
2017 Weisiger Scholar Athletes: Elizabeth Gilbert, Moriah Gomez
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gilbert, a graduate of LC Anderson High School in Austin, TX, joined the Valkyries equestrian team. Lizzie plans to pursue a degree in Biology.
Moriah Gomez, a graduate of Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, SC, joined the Valkyries softball team. Moriah plans to pursue a degree in Biology.
Weisiger Cup Recipients
2009 - Elizabeth Louise Ruppert - Cross Country
2010 - Rachel Elizabeth Wilker - Tennis
2011 - Katherine Jean Buehler - Volleyball
2012 - Hilary Leith Parkin - Soccer
2013 - Jennifer Leigh Russell - Swimming
2014 - Jessica Renet Pope - Swimming
2015 - Catherine Frances Billings - Equestrian
2016 - Natalie Johnson - Soccer
2017 - Laura Ann Dixon - Swimming
2017 Weisiger Cup Recipient: Laura Ann Dixon
A swimmer who scored the most points in Converse history, Laura Ann’s athletic record includes 17 first place, 23 second place, and 18 third place finishes. She was ranked among the top 100 in the nation in the 200 yard butterfly all four years of competition and is among the all-time top 10 fastest swimmers in Converse history in 14 out of 18 events. Laura Ann was selected as the Weisiger Cup recipient for these athletic accomplishments coupled with her academic and student leadership record, which includes active membership in the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, membership on the executive committee of SGA where she helped plan student events and fundraisers to benefit community nonprofits, serving as Valkyries Club Chair, and serving as a new student orientation leader, among other activities. A biology major, Laura Ann participated in the job shadowing program at Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, where she gained insight into the field of nursing in the emergency care, cardiovascular, and oncology units.
Laura Ann helped the Valkyries swim team achieve eight Academic All American Awards. She is a four-time Academic All-Conference, was named a Conference Carolinas Swimmer of the Week, and was featured as Valkyrie of the Week three times. Congratulations to Laura Ann on her many accomplishments that reflect the mission and values of the Valkyries Athletic Program!
About Ed and Agnes Weisiger
Agnes Binder Weisiger, a member of the Converse Class of 1963, has made giving her life-long passion and priority. She dedicating much of her life to nursing, and her philanthropy and leadership have benefited Converse and many other cultural and educational organizations throughout the Southeast. Together with her husband, Ed, the Weisigers have been champions for Converse College/ In addition to supporting the Weisiget Scholar Athletes and Weisiger Cup awards, they were lead donors to The Weisiger Center, which houses Converse athletics.